Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Poland 1 England 1

How a game was postponed for 20 hours due to a waterlogged pitch in a stadium with total roof coverage defies logic. This must go down in history. However the delay served its purpose, it took the wind out of England's sails and Poland earned a home draw against the country where a million of its citizens flocked to work...some of them.

Rooney 31, Glik 70. This was the result of the idiotic planning which saw a stadium will full roof coverage getting waterlogged and flooded, meaning the pitch was unfit for play and meaning that thousand of travelling fans missed their match, and also the compensation promised by the Polish Football Association, because in the torrential rain many tickets disintegrated.

One asks again: How do you get a match rained off in a covered stadium?

 

Group A

FYROM 1 Serbia 0

Belgium 2 Scotland 0

Croatia 2 Wales 0

  

  

Previous games

Serbia 0 Belgium 3

FYROM 1 Croatia 2

Wales 2 Scotland 1

Serbia 6 Wales 1

Belgium 1 Croatia 1

Scotland 1 FYROM 1

Croatia 1 FYROM 0

Wales 0 Belgium 2

Scotland 0 Serbia 0

 

 

Group A                      P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

 

Belgium                        4            3            1            0            8            1            7            10

Croatia                        4            3            1            0            6            2            4            10

Serbia                          4            1            1            2            6            5            1            4

FYROM                      4            1            1            2            3            5            -2             4

Wales                          4            1            0            3            3            11      -8          3

Scotland                      4            0            2            2            2            5            -3            2

 

 

Group B

Italy 3 Denmark 1

Czech Republic 0 Bulgaria 0

 

 

Previous games

Bulgaria 1 Denmark 1

Armenia 1 Italy 3

Czech Republic 3 Malta 1

Bulgaria 1 Armenia 0

Italy 2 Malta 0

Malta 0 Armenia 1

Bulgaria 2 Italy 2

Denmark 0 Czech Republic 0

 

Group B                      P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

Italy                             4            3            1            0            10            4            6            10

Bulgaria                       4            1            3            0            4            3            1            6

Czech Republic                   3            1            2            0            3            1            2            5

Armenia                       3            1            0            2            2            4            -2            3

Denmark                      3            0            2            1            2            4            -2        2

Malta                           3            0            0            3            1            6            -5            0

 

  

 

 

 

Group C

Austria 4 Kazakhstan 0

Germany 4 Sweden 4

Faroe Islands 1 Republic of Ireland 4

 

 

  

Previous games

Kazakhstan 0 Austria 0

Rep. Ireland 1 Germany 6

Faroe Islands 1 Sweden 2

Sweden 2 Kazakhstan 0

Austria 1 Germany 2

Kazakhstan 1 Republic of Ireland 2

Germany 3 Faroe Islands 0

 

Group C                      P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

Germany                      4            3            1            0            15             5            10            10

Sweden                       3            2            1            0            8            5            3            7

Rep. Ireland                 3            2            0            1            7            8            -1             6

Austria                         3            1            1            1            5            2            3          4

Kazakhstan                  4            0            1            3            1            8            -7            1         

Faroe Islands               3             0            0            3            2          9          -7            0

 

 

 

Group D

Hungary 3 Turkey 1

Andorra 0 Estonia 1

Romania 1 Netherlands 4

 

Previous games

Netherlands 3 Andorra 0

Estonia 0 Hungary 1

Turkey 0 Romania 1

Romania 4 Andorra 0

Turkey 3 Estonia 0

Hungary 1 Netherlands 4

Estonia 0 Romania 2

Andorra 0 Hungary 5

Netherlands 2 Turkey 0

 

Group D                      P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

Netherlands                 4            4            0            0            13        2          11        12

Romania                      4            3            0            1            8            4            4            9

Hungary                       4            3            0            1            10        5          5            9

Turkey                         4            1            0            3            4            6            -2            3

Estonia             4          1          0            3            1            6            -5            3

Andorra                       4            0            0            4            0            15      -15        0

 

 

 

  

Group E

Albania 1 Slovenia 0

Cyprus 1 Norway 3

Iceland 0 Switzerland 2

  

  

  

Previous games

Albania 1 Iceland 2

Switzerland 1 Norway 1

Slovenia 2 Cyprus 1

Cyprus 1 Iceland 0

Norway 2 Slovenia 1

Switzerland 2 Albania 0

Slovenia 0 Switzerland 2

Iceland 2 Norway 0

Albania 3 Cyprus 1

 

Group E                       P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

Switzerland                  4            3            1            0            7            1            6            10

Norway                       4            2            1            1            6          4          2            7

Albania                        4            2            0            2            5            5            0            6

Iceland                         4            2            0            2            4            5            -1            6

Cyprus                         4            1            0            3            4            8            -4            3

Slovenia                       4            1            0            3            3            6            -3            3

 

Group F

 

Portugal 1 Northern Ireland 1

Russia 1 Azerbaijan 0

Israel 3 Luxembourg 0

 

 

Previous games

Russia 1 Portugal 0

Luxembourg 0 Israel 6

Israel 0 Russia 4

Northern Ireland 1 Luxemburg 1

Portugal 3 Azerbaijan 0

Luxemburg 1 Portugal 2

Azerbaijan 1 Israel 1

Russia 2 Northern Ireland 0

 

Group F                       P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

Russia                          4            4            0            0            8            0             8            12

Israel                           4            2            1            1            10            5            5            7

Portugal                       4            2            1            1            6            3            3            7

Azerbaijan                   3            0            1            2            1            5            -4              1

N. Ireland                    3            0            2            1            2            4            -2            2

Luxemburg                   4            0            1            3            2            12            -10            1

 

 

Group G

Bosnia H 3 Lithuania 0

Latvia 2 Liechtenstein 0

Slovakia 0 Greece 1

  

Previous games

Greece 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0

Slovakia 2 Latvia 1

Liechtenstein 0 Lithuania 2

Bosnia & Herzegovina  4 Latvia 1

Slovakia 2 Liechtenstein 0

Greece 2 Lithuania 0

Liechtenstein 0 Bosnia & Herzegovina 8

Latvia 1 Greece 2

Lithuania 1 Slovakia 1

  

 

 

Group G                      P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

Bosnia

 & Herzegovina            4            3            1            0            15        2         13         10

Greece                         4            3            1            0            5            1            4            10

Slovakia                       4            2            1            1            3            4            -1            7

Lithuania                      4            1            1            2            3            6            -3            4

Latvia                          4            1            0            3            5            7            -2            3

Liechtenstein                4            0            0            4            0            14        -14      0

 

 

 

 

 

Group H

Poland 1 England 1

Ukraine 0 Montenegro 1

San Marino 0 Moldova 2

 

 

Previous games

England 5 San Marino 0

Moldova 0 Ukraine 0

San Marino 0 Montenegro 6

Poland 2 Moldova 0

England 1 Ukraine 1

 

Montenegro 2 Poland 2

Moldova 0 England 5

 

Group H                      P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

England                        4            2            2            0            12            2            10            8

Montenegro                 3            2            1            0            7            2            5            7

Poland                         3            0            2            0            5            3            2            5

Moldova                      4            1            1            2            2            7            -5            4

Ukraine                        3            0            2            1            1            2            -1            2

San Marino                  3            0            0            3            0            13       -13       0

 

 

 

  

Group I

Spain 1 France 1

Belarus 2 Georgia 0

 

Previous games

Finland 1 Georgia 1

Belarus 0 Spain 4

 

Georgia 0 Spain 1

France 3 Belarus 1

 

Georgia 1 Belarus 0

Finland 0 France 1

 

 

 

Group I                        P            W            D            L            F            A            +/-            Pts

Spain                           3            2            1            0            5            1            5            7

France                         3            2            1            0            5            2            3            7

Georgia                        4            1            1            2            2            4            -2            4

Belarus             4            1            0            3            3            8            -5            3

Finland             2            0            1            1            1            2             -1            1

 

 

 

Here are the nine UEFA groups and the FIFA World Ranking of each team:

 

Group A: Belgium (40), Croatia (9), FYROM (97), Scotland (47), Serbia (42), Wales (45)

Group B: Armenia (53), Bulgaria (89), Czech Republic (19), Denmark (10), Italy (6), Malta

                (139)

Group C: Austria (49), Faroe Islands (154), Germany (2), Kazakhstan (142), Rep. Ireland

               (26), Sweden (18)

Group D: Andorra (199), Estonia (55), Hungary (37), Netherlands (8), Romania (57), Turkey

               (35)

Group E: Albania (89), Cyprus (135), Iceland (118), Norway (34), Slovenia (24), Switzerland

               (20)

Group F: Azerbaijan (197), Israel (75), Luxemburg (106), N. Ireland (129), Portugal (4),

               Russia (13)

Group G: Bosnia & Herzegovina (30), Greece (11), Latvia (94), Liechtenstein (149),

                Lithuania (116), Slovakia (45)

 

Group H: England (3), Moldova (141), Montenegro (48), Poland (56), San Marino (206),

                Ukraine (39)

Group I: Belarus (76), Finland (96), France (15), Georgia (86), Spain (1)

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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